Teen angel, Persephone, is the only one in all of Heaven who can’t sing. In fact, her name literally means “Voice of Destruction.” So diving down one of Heaven’s portals, straight into singer Taylor Hamilton’s bedroom, seems like a good idea at the time. Maybe, just maybe, he can help. Plus, he is sooo cute! While it can be fun swooning over a mortal, it can also be frustrating. Angels aren’t supposed to fall for mortals. Then there’s Taylor’s guardian angel, who is ready to sabotage the budding romance at every turn. Will Persephone learn to sing before Heaven calls her back? And, most importantly, can love prevail for an angel who has fallen head-over-wings for a mortal?
The war is over. The battle for love has just begun. As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific.
Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend. But when Jim's wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn't know a thing about apple farming-or children-but he's determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend's support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected. Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them? Note: Contains scenes of violence and post-traumatic stress.
FELT TIPS – The World’s Greatest Charity Anthology of Office-Supply-Related Erotica!Please congratulate all our fine Felt Tips writers when you see them on Twitter. They donated their time and talents to this charity anthology. Because of them, some kids who couldn't afford new school supplies and some down-on-their-luck parents who can’t afford work clothes will be getting a hand from our one-handed read. Felt Tips - Table of Contents: Indelible by Jenny Lyn Taking Dictation by Karen Booth Hard at Work by Karen Stivali The Saint of Office Hell by Heather Cole Of Silver, Sin, and School Desks by Blacksilk Mine by Brittany Lawrence What Is It, Suzie? by Eric Andrew Satchwill My New Office Chair by Gwen Marie Porter Proof by Amber Lin Stapled by Jason Darrick Getting Down to Business by Kelly Jamieson In the Closet by AmyBeth Inverness Special Delivery by Rebecca Stewart The Drawing by Marie Wright Down to the Point by Sopphey Vance Doing it Write by Lynne Silver Mark Me by Jillian Boyd Tape by Shoshanna Evers Vee by Alyssa Linn Palmer The Fountain Pen by Sandra Bunino Trust Me by Antonio Angelo Whiteboard by Lela Gwenn The Night Shift by Xander Grimm The Benefits of Multitasking by Kiki Snow Routine Maintenance by R. Brennan The Boss by Maxine Marsh Private Message by Cara Ellyn All Marked Up by Erin Danielle A Stroke of Peach by Lucy Felthouse The Server by Anya Winter A Rough Night at the Office by Diana Cruz A Planned Encounter by Emily Cale Theo's Donation by Patricia Correll The Motion of the Ocean by Morgan Sierra Open Rack by Candice Bundy The Antique by K. Fish Silky & Silvered by Memory Scarlett All Work & No Play by Michelle Ribaric Turnabout by Stella Harris Caught by Juliana Sliema Embrace the Strength Inside by Jade Adkins What Happens at STAPLES by Amanda Fletcher Love Letters by Allie Sanders Teacher's Pet by Tiffany Reisz
Who exactly are China's new rich? This pioneering investigation introduces readers to the private lives—and the nightlives—of the powerful entrepreneurs and managers redefining success and status in the city of Chengdu.
Over the course of more than three years, anthropologist John Osburg accompanied, and in some instances assisted, wealthy Chinese businessmen as they courted clients, partners, and government officials. Drawing on his immersive experiences, Osburg invites readers to join him as he journeys through the new, highly gendered entertainment sites for Chinese businessmen, including karaoke clubs, saunas, and massage parlors—places specifically designed to cater to the desires and enjoyment of elite men. Within these spaces, a masculinization of business is taking place. Osburg details the complex code of behavior that governs businessmen as they go about banqueting, drinking, gambling, bribing, exchanging gifts, and obtaining sexual services. These intricate social networks play a key role in generating business, performing social status, and reconfiguring gender roles. But many entrepreneurs feel trapped by their obligations and moral compromises in this evolving environment. Ultimately, Osburg examines their deep ambivalence about China's future and their own complicity in the major issues of post-Mao Chinese society—corruption, inequality, materialism, and loss of trust.
An exuberant novel about a lovelorn woman obsessed with the Mexican film star Pedro Infante. Teresina ("Tere") vila is a divorced, thirty-something Chicana working "in the hinterlands of life" in Cabritoville, New Mexico, a small dusty town near El Paso, Texas. The love of her life is Lucio, a smooth-talking ne'er-do-well who will never leave his wife and ties Tere's heart in knots with a string of empty promises. Her diversions are few but intense, and center around her best fri, Irma, and her membership in the Pedro Infante Fan Club #256. "If you're Mejicana or Mejicano and don't know who Pedro Infante is, you should be tied to a hot stove with yucca rope and beaten with sharp dry corn husks as you stand in a vat of soggy fideos." If you're a gringo, think of him as a Mexican Elvis, a one-time carpenter whose career in song and on screen in such memorable movies as Nosotros los Pobres, Ustedes los Ricos, and Pepe, el Toro, propelled him to the heights of fame until he was killed after a plane he piloted crashed on April 15, 1957.Hilarious and heartring, "Loving Pedro Infante" is about the fictions we weave to justify loving the wrong mate.
The living dead were making his life a living hell-the hilarious sequel to One Foot in the Grave. First time in paperback. A year ago, Chris Csejthe (pronounced "Say-thee") was completely human-then a blood transfusion with the Lord of the Undead changed everything. Now he is a hunted man, sought by human and vampire alike for the secrets he knows and the powers that his mutated blood may bestow. So far he's dodged undead assassins, werewolves, a 6,000-year-old Egyptian necromancer, and Vlad Dracula himself. But now he's really got problems.
The dead are turning up on his doorstep after dark to ask for justice and the police want to know where all those corpses are coming from. Undead terrorists are testing a doomsday virus on his new hometown and he's caught in the crossfire between a white supremacist militia and the resurrected Civil War dead. His werewolf lover, jealous of his dead wife's ghost, has left him.
And the centuries-old and still very beautiful (and very deadly) Countess Bathory is determined to have his uniquely transformed blood for her own dark purposes. Now, more than ever, life sucks!
The creative partnership of acclaimed writer and academic Mary M. Talbot and graphic-novel pioneer Bryan Talbot has produced some of the most challenging and entertaining graphic novels in recent memory, including 2012's Costa Award medalist Dotter of Her Father's Eyes. The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia explores the life of revolutionary French feminist Louise Michel, a visionary teacher, poet, and radical who took up arms against a reactionary regime that executed thousands. Even deportation to a distant penal colony could not stop Michel from taking up the cause of the indigenous population against French colonial oppression.